Well either the Colorado Avalanche or Florida Panthers are going to select this guy.
The 18 year old defenceman for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL is in for an exciting and nail biting draft experience. Jones would be an asset to any team dying for a strong defenceman (*cough*FLYERS*cough); his size and demeanour on the ice is intimidating. In 61 games for Portland, he amassed an astonishing 56 points.
He also has tons of experience in high calibur and highly stressful games. He won back to back U18 gold with Team USA in 2011 and 2012 and just recently collected another gold at the World Junior championships. At the U17’s in 2011, he was named to the All Star Team. Quite a resume for an 18 year old with only one year of WHL experience under his belt.
He’s been projected to go first overall by several scouting reports. If he still will though remains to be seen as both VP of Hockey Operations in Colorado, Joe Sakic and head coach Patrick Roy has stated they are going to pass on the defenceman.
Should be an interesting first couple of picks in the draft.
March’s note: Little do you folks know, I have one of the greatest friends a woman could ask for living over in London, England. Leo Patten is a die hard Dallas Stars fan and is the transition of moving close to Tampa, Florida for 6 months starting in August. He is hopeful to take in as many NHL games as possible to add to already impressive hockey resume. I asked him if he had anything he wanted to contribute, so here is his take on the situation in Colorado. Golly good job ol’ boy!
It appears that the Colorado Avalanche will pass on Seth Jones, arguably the top prospect in this year’s up and coming draft.
Okay, it’s a given that most NHL teams with a first overall pick in the draft, will almost always choose a strong offensive player over the best two way defencemen. However, within the modern game it seems that most clubs are pretty much going after whatever system or culture is flavour of the month.
Now part of me can understand this new culture of youth, due to how the Cap and CBA agreements have changed over the years. I mean this in terms of player management, contracts and of course style of play. It’s totally different from the days of good ol’ time hockey. General Managers have to be constantly one step ahead of the game. But this is all chatter for another time.
Newly appointed Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy are definitely going to be shaking things up in Denver so it seems. Again, following a common trend of appointing an extremely young captain in Gabriel Landeskog, they are clearly making preparations for the future. The bottom line of the Draft is in some ways, pot luck. Either way the Avalanche will obtain a highly skilled player and whether they step up to to the plate will remain to be seen.
This also doesn’t fair well for other clubs such as the Florida Panthers who have their sights firmly set on players like Nathan MacKinnon, who is definitely what they need right now.
It’s clear that Colorado issues lie in poor defensive quality in the back end and I’m not sure what they hope to achieve by drafting more fire power. If this trend continues it’s quite clear that we will have plenty more upsets continuing in the playoffs of the future. *COUGH*PITTSBURGH*COUGH*.